The purpose of the Healthcare Science program is to provide a rigorous curriculum which will prepare graduates for meaningful roles and careers in our current healthcare environment. Consistent with Alvernia University’s Franciscan values, students will become broadly educated, life-long learners who will engage with their communities. Utilizing a strong interdisciplinary design, this program encourages service and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for all persons of all abilities, income levels and social/cultural backgrounds. The Healthcare Science program creates advocates for individuals and communities that are under-served or under-informed on issues related to health and wellness, health systems policies and health management. Students with a Healthcare Science degree will graduate prepared to work in healthcare agencies, businesses and various medical care settings.
The Healthcare Science program is an excellent mid-degree opportunity for transfers or new applicants with Associate’s degrees as occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, medical imaging professionals, dental hygienists, or respiratory therapists. Students in the Healthcare Science program are concerned with the well-being of all people. Completing the Healthcare Science program requires a mastery of science, the ability to engage in critical appraisal and the desire to serve the community. In addition, to take the required courses in Healthcare Science, students are able to study 15 credits in an area of concentration such as Business, Communication, Biology, etc.
The Healthcare Science program prepares students for work in healthcare agencies, businesses and medical care settings as healthcare educators, healthcare advocates, or healthcare managers. Emphasis on health behavior theories through educational programming and experience with practical applications through volunteer service in the health field will provide students a variety of educational tools and techniques to use in their professions. Healthcare program graduates could enter the healthcare field as health counselors or advocates, science and health writers, or policy analysts. In addition, graduates from the Healthcare Science program may find positions in government organizations, consumer groups, healthcare agencies, scientific research or consumer institutes.